Since 2005 the cast of Grey’s Anatomy has made us laugh, cry, and even taught us some life lessons. The show’s title character Dr. Meredith Grey has been at the forefront of those life lessons. Over the years her storyline has subtly taught us things about love, triumph, and loss. Here are a few life lessons we’ve learned from Dr. Meredith Grey, along with a few quotes from her to sum it up.
1. Don’t apologize to others if they can’t accept how you cope
Quote: “I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke.”
Plain and simple, when someone does you wrong or breaks your heart it’s not their place to judge and critique how you repair yourself. It’s crazy how often we care about how the person that has done us wrong judges our coping mechanisms.
2. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, just make sure you learn from them.
Quote: “We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore.”
In life, you can’t fear making a mistake, or you’ll never get a chance to live and grow. The path to a better you will ultimately be paved with many mistakes.
3. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope to get what you want
Quote: At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”
I agree 100%. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to move past self-imposed boundaries. In fact, most boundaries and limitations only exist in our minds.
4. Not trying is the biggest mistake you could ever make.
Quote: “Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.”
When it’s all said and done who wants to look back at life with a bunch of should of’s, would of’s, and could of’s? Definitely not me.
5. Never give up
Quote: “If there’s just one piece of advice I can give you, it’s this–when there’s something you really want, fight for it, don’t give up no matter how hopeless it seems.
Perseverance has been attributed as a key to success from such notable names as Oprah, Steve Jobs, and Warren Buffet. When trying to achieve a goal you will face setbacks, disappointments, and unforeseen obstacles. If the goal is worth achieving you should never give up. Indeed, this is a timeless life lesson.
Grey’s Anatomy is one of the longest running scripted TV shows ever. It’s also been ranked as one of the highest revenue earning shows per half-hour in terms of advertising. With those two things in mind, Grey’s Anatomy will likely be on your TV screens for may more years to come. Which means that Dr. Meredith Grey will be there imparting her wisdom. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss the lesson.
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